Healthy Childbearing Experiences and the Newborn is the combined introductory theory course of the Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing Specialty Programs. This course explores a number of concepts that are foundational to the practice of perinatal and neonatal nursing and healthy childbearing experiences. Within the context of building partnerships, learners are exposed to holistic caring for childbearing women, their fetuses and newborns, and their families.
Course delivery is online format. Students need to contact the BCIT Bookstore to order course textbook. This is an NSNE 7100 and NSPN 7100 shared/combined course.
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In this course, learners will have opportunities to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership, and professionalism. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Distinguish the difference between fetal growth and development and how each is assessed during pregnancy.
Describe variations to fetal growth and development and how they may impact the fetus’s transition to extrauterine life.
Describe the rationale for and components of antenatal assessments, screening, and care in the promotion of healthy maternal/neonatal outcomes.
Discuss the impact of social context, including choice of care provider, on the pregnancy experience.
Describe the normal process of labour, including the cardinal movements, 5Ps, stages, phases and how these concepts are related to each other.
Summarize the hormonal physiology of labour and birth and the impact of stress and uncertainty on the birthing experience.
Explain the role of the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team in providing care to women across the childbearing continuum.
Identify variances in antenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum assessment data.
Describe the normal physiologic transition of the fetus to extrauterine life.
Summarize the interaction between infant behaviours and infant communication, and the implications for nursing practice.
Describe the role of the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team in providing developmentally supportive care for vulnerable neonates.
Explain the neonatal and maternal benefits of breastfeeding.
Summarize the role of the nurse in promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding.
Analyze the effect of nursing attitudes and beliefs surrounding infant feeding and how they affect patient care.
Summarize the essential components of postpartum care and discharge teaching for childbearing women and their families.
Effective as of Spring/Summer 2017
NSNE 7100 is offered as a part of the following programs:
Apa Publication Manual (Amer Psychological Assoc.)
Amer Psych Assoc.
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